One of the most critical needs for an adventure challenge such as the Everglades Challenge is maintaining proper nutrition and hydration. There are various ways to ensure you get proper nutrition, but my choice has always been to try and keep as much of my food the same as what I eat on land. Of course, I have to exclude pizza and indian buffets, but the rice and lentil based meal developed by Feeding Children Everywhere seemed to be an ideal base around which to form my nutritional plan. A big concern during the Everglades Challenge is avoiding debilitating hypothermia. Proper clothing is essential, but hot food is very important too. As I was going to be sailing alone, and often not touching land for up to a day at a time, I needed a simple way to cook and keep hot food on board. I chose to cook and keep my hot food in an Esbit thermal food jar, which I purchased at Go2Outfitters, using an MSR Pocket Rocket stove and a teapot for efficient boiling of water. Later on, I’ll review the equipment used, but for now, I’m posting a pictorial guide to preparing a meal using minimal fuel and time, which will provide you with a liter of hot food that will remain hot for 18 hours, and warm for another 6 after that. The system worked so well, in fact, that I’m developing a variety of recipes which I’m using in my daily life on land!
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